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Utah football: Kyle Whittingham explains decision not to release depth charts

Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham speaks to his team after the annual Red & White Spring Game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham speaks to his team after the annual Red & White Spring Game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah coach Kyle Whittingham explained his decision to no longer release depth charts in training camp.

It’s simple, really.

“Because I don’t like them,” Whittingham said. “We have our own and we don’t need to be telling everybody what we’re doing and what we’re not doing. There’s just no need and it creates more problems, typically, than it’s worth.”

Whittingham explained that the coaches and players know what’s going on in terms of the depth chart and some battles are neck-and-neck.

Such things are likely to stay more and more internal.

“With all the social media and people filming practices and tweeting at practice why would you show your hand?” Whittingham said. “So, is it going to become more of a trend? I don’t know. I couldn’t say for sure.”

The Utah football program, he continued, has struck a happy medium — operating under the same guidelines as far as providing media access and information for a few years now.

“I think we’re probably in a good place with that,” Whittingham said. “Hopefully you guys (the media) are getting everything you need. I’m sure you would like to have a little more, but we just do what we think is best in the big picture.”

Whittingham noted that it’s about trying to balance things.